Tuesday, September 18, 2018

High Efficiency Front Load VS Regular Top Load Washer

Keith is here to show you the difference between the new technology of the high efficiency front load washers and the older technology top load washers.

New HE Front Load Washers

With the new front load washers, one of the first things that you will notice is that there is a HE symbol where the soap dispenser. The HE symbol stands for high-efficiency. This tells you that the machine does have the new technology and that you need a certain type of soap with the HE logo. You will use less soap and use soap that is less dense. 

Front load washers use less water, your clothes will come out more dry after a cycle, and will ultimately save you money. Each cycle with a top load washer will use between 3-5 gallons of water. There are usually 2-3 cycles per load making the total amount of water used to about 10-15 gallons. People tend to use the extra rinse cycle as a way to really wash out all the soap in the load. This is good for people who tend to use too much soap. 

One question that we hear a lot is, will this amount of soap really clean my clothes? The answer is YES! Using less water means that it requires less soap and that you should stick to the manufacturer's maximum amount of soap.

 One other great benefit of using the high-efficiency washer is that it uses less electricity. The drum does spin faster, but with the newer technology, the appliance unit will use less electricity.

Old Top Load Washers

These washers have been around for 40- 50 years with really no new technology. These are the same washers that you grandma has used for years.

The big tub can hold from 10 to 30 gallons of water in each cycle filling it to the top. Each load takes about 2-3 cycles similar to the new technology. But when adding up all of those cycles, you are using about 60-90 gallons of water per load. That is a huge difference! With more water requires more soap to evenly distribute it out. This is why you use more soap.

Because of how much water you are using, requires more soap, more electricity, and costs you more money with this option in the long run. The convenient thing about the old top load washers is that the cost to buy them is going to be more affordable.

The Comparison
After comparing the new top load washers with the old front load washers, you can see a big difference between the two.. These differences are more clear when thinking about how much laundry you do, especially with a family. If you are looking at having to use less soap, less water, less electricity and want to save money in the long run, it is worth the upgrade to the new high-efficiency front load washes. 

What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments section or contact our store.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

NEW Striking Cafe Appliance Color Combos 2018

Richard is here today to talk about the new and exciting Cafe appliance line up. The new lineup has new colors and accessory colors to add style to your appliances which will make your custom kitchen one-of-a-kind.

GE Cafe has always been big with an industrial look with powerful ranges and refrigerators with plenty of space and  Keurig K-Cup brewing on the door. With the new Cafe lineup they are changing the game and showing us how your appliances can have personality with style.

There are two main color options, matte black and matte white. The matte black color is great for rich and Earthy toned kitchens.The matte white can give an elegant feel to the kitchen and can match any color in the room.

The really neat thing about this series is that there are 4 hardware finish options:
  • Brush Copper- The warmth of copper without too much gleam gives your appliances a rosy glow.
  • Brush Bronze- Bronze is back. This muted version mixes well with almost any color palette.
  • Brush BlackSleek and moody, this black has a slight sheen to make your appliances shine.
  • Brush StainlessA gentle shimmer of stainless steel sets a subtle, modern kitchen mood.
You can now change the handles and knobs on your appliances to match the rest of your kitchen hardware. These options can make your appliances speak loud with more contrast and can give your appliances a custom look. The other great thing is that you can change them out when ever you want. There is also a small copper cuff on the handles with their logo on it that just completes the look.

Stop by one of our stores today to check out how awesome the new Cafe appliances are. They will make you want to rethink your whole kitchen design!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Washing machine hoses- stainless steel vs rubber

You just picked the perfect laundry pair for your home and family. There's one more thing that you should purchase before you are ready to install and test out your washer and dryer, the washing machine hoses. Not all of them are made the same and it's important to not go the cheap route with these. Burst hoses are a common cause of water damage in the home. Follow these tips to avoid issues in the future.

It might seem simple, but do not go with the rubber hoses. It might seem standard to just go with them because that's what our parents used, but don't do it. They are the cheaper hose option and are easier to find, but don't be fooled. These types of hoses are the most likely to burst and cause water damage. Some might even say that they are reinforced, which means that they are reinforced with braided rayon or polyester mesh. This material inside makes the rubber stronger, but there is still chance for leaks and bursts.

The middle option is stainless steel braided hoses. This is what we recommend that you get. They are a little more expensive than the rubber hose, but hands down it's worth the upgrade. With this choice, there is still a layer of rubber in the inside, but is surrounded by stainless steel string that is braided together. This adds strength and will make it way more burst-resistant. Make sure that the hose does not become bent or kinked as the stainless steel can dig into the rubber hose.

Here are additional reasons to go with stainless steel water lines:

  • Stainless steel hoses are more resistant to heat
  • Stainless steel hoses are more resilient to pressure
  • Rubber hoses lose flexibility over time and become rigid, causing the hose to burst
The next upgraded option is to have a auto-shutoff hose. This hose is braided with stainless steel, but also has the feature of having a shut-off valve on one of the ends of the hoses. This is an extra safety persuasion just in case there would ever be a burst. The mechanism can sense a water pressure change and will stop the flow of water from entering into the tube. This can save you from having a huge water or flood damage in the room or your whole house.

You can never be too safe with braided stainless steel hoses for your washer. Take the extra persuasion and make the upgrade today, before it's too late and you have water damage in your home. Remember to check your hoses periodically for signs of aging before it becomes an issue! Let our team know if you have any questions on this topic.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Get Ready for Fall with Your 5 Senses

There are signs that Autumn is just about here. The kids are back in school, the days are shorter, and you can feel a little breeze in the air. It's a great time to start noticing the natural transformation and embracing your five senses to make your fall oasis. Here are five things that you can do to get all of your senses ready for fall.

1. Vision: Add the Fall Decor

Let the decorating begin with visuals around your kitchen and home! Start by changing your kitchen decor with Autumn colored napkins, leaf shaped napkin rings, earthy center piece, fall themed table runner, fall colored flowers with a neutral vase, a fun fall picture or a decorative calligraphy sign, and more. Decorating the room with warm colors will definitely get you into the season.

2. Taste: Baskets of Fruits and Veggies

Make sure to load up on the fall fruits and veggie favorites and have them out in either a basket or a bowl. You can get things like  apples, pears, mini pumpkins, berries and cherries,  corn, squash, eggplants, and more. These will provide natural colors into your kitchen, but make you want to have healthy snacks which will make your taste buds get into the season. I also challenge you to try new recipes for dinner with some of these fruits and vegetables.

3. Smell: Burn those Candles and Bake On

The temperature is about to get a little more chill at night. Get a little warmer by bringing out fun candles. Gravitate towards candles with warm colors like brown, gold, red, yellow, orange, and white which will fill the room with fall. Look for fragrances like pumpkin Chai,  cinnamon apple, frosted cranberry,  vanilla birch, and autumn leaves. Baking more will also bring yummy smells into your home. Try baking a pies, bread, corn bread, cinnamon rolls, and more.

4. Touch: Settle Ways to Feel Fall
This sense is one that we least think about and is more settle. Think about opening your window to feel the colder breeze go through your hair. You can place fall themed rugs on the floor to keep your toes warmer. This will keep the floors free from the crunchy leaves and dirt that comes from outside.  Bring out your favorite house slippers or fuzzy fall socks as another layer of warmth in your home. Or turn on the fireplace to feel the warmth of the log burning.

5. Hearing: Get the Family Together

Again, opening the window will provide you also with the touch of the wind, but also the sounds of fall. You will hear animals making noises and trees moving in the wind and is a natural way of bringing Autumn in from outside. But the big way to hear fall is to have dinner together at the table. Fall is all about bringing family and friends together; what better way to do that by having dinner together. The sound of the kids playing right before you sit down, the laughter of a joke, and the storytelling  throughout your meal.  Togetherness is the real spirit of Autumn!

When you do all of these things, you will definitely get into the spirit of the season. Take a few moments tonight and throughout fall to gather the family together and enjoy every aspect of fall.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Best Mattress Protectors and Why they are Important

Eric and Riley from Bedgear are here to talk to you about mattress protectors.

The big question that we hear is what is the purpose of a mattress protector? A mattress protector is a removable cloth that sits on top or zips around the mattress. The purpose of it is to protect your mattress. An old mattress can sometimes can build up dust mites, bed bugs, mold, and dead skin or dandruff in the mattress. These things can irritate and even harm people. The mattress protector can also help keep the mattress clean even from spills from spills or dirt. Let's say that you spill something on your mattress, you can just take it off and wash it.

You can clean the surface of a mattress with a vacuum cleaner, but it cannot remove things that are in the mattress which is where most of the grime goes. With a mattress protector, you can avoid substances from getting on and into your mattress. This will make your mattress last longer saving you money and keeping your safe.

Better technology protectors can protect the mattress, but also make it more comfortable the person sleeping on the mattress. Bedgear has a good, better, best program.

Their good mattress protector called the iProtect has performance technology that allows air to flow through to your mattress. Mattresses need to breath and you should allow air to transfer to it.

Bedgear's better mattress protector, Dry Tec, has the same technology as the iProtect mattress protector, but also has additional value that wicks away moisture from your body. Every night of sleep you actually loose a half of a liter of water. You may loose more depending on if it is hot and you sweat more.

The best mattress protector from Bedgear is called the Ver-Tex. This has the same technology as the Dry Tec, but as two more added features to it. This mattress protector can actually keep your body temperature regulated during the night. The material is actually cool to the touch.

The only real way to know which mattress protector is best for you is to check them out in person yourself. Stop by one of our locations and ask to see all of the different types of mattress protectors that we have. See you soon!